Press Release

November 13, 2019

New Report Highlights Trends in Higher Education Psychology Faculty Pay and Representation

A recent research report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), provides a snapshot of psychology faculty in higher education. The report, Focus on Psychology Faculty: Salary, Pay Equity, Minority Representation, and the Growth of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, compares psychology faculty salaries to other disciplines, examines the representation and pay of women and minorities in the field, and assesses the growth of non-tenure-track psychology faculty.

Although women are better represented in psychology than in all higher ed disciplines combined, their representation decreases with increases in rank, a trend seen across all disciplines. The same trend is seen with female/male pay. With each increase in rank, the pay gap between male and female psychology faculty increases.

Findings from the report include:

  • Tenure-track psychology faculty are consistently paid less than faculty as a whole across all ranks, and this is established as a long-term trend.
  • Psychology faculty have a lower percentage of racial/ethnic minorities at each rank when compared to all faculty. In addition, the percentage of minorities decreases greatly with each increase in rank. However, minorities are paid more than equitably at each rank, and at the rank of full professor, Hispanic and Black psychology faculty are paid much more than are full professors of color in all faculty combined.
  • The growth in non-tenure-track faculty as a proportion of all faculty has not been as steep for psychology faculty in comparison to other disciplines. Psychology has maintained relatively low numbers of non-tenure-track faculty.

Read Focus on Psychology Faculty: Salary, Pay Equity, Minority Representation, and the Growth of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, and check out CUPA-HR’s other research publications.



CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving over 30,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member institutions and organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR is the recognized authority on compensation surveys for higher education, designed by higher ed HR professionals for higher ed HR professionals and other campus leaders. Learn more about CUPA-HR research.


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